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The prospect of moving can feel overwhelming because there are so many things to do. A checklist can help you keep track of moving tasks and give you peace of mind. You can download our checklist as a PDF to print out and use during your own move.

Moving checklist

1-2 Months Before Move

  • Create binder/folder for moving records (estimates, receipts, inventory lists, etc.)
  • Plan your moving method (truck rental, hiring movers, etc.) and get cost estimates
  • See if your employer will provide moving expense benefits
  • Research storage facilities if needed
  • Schedule disconnection/connection of utilities at old and new places
    • Phone
    • Internet
    • Cable
    • Water
    • Garbage
    • Gas
    • Electric
  • Plan how you will move vehicles, plants, pets and valuables
  • Plan how you will arrange furniture in the new place: use a floor plan or sketch
  • Hold a garage sale, donate, sell, or trash unnecessary items
  • Schedule transfer of records (medical, children in school, etc.)
  • Get copies of any records needed (medical, dental, etc.)
  • Acquire packing materials (boxes, tape, stuffing/padding, markers, etc.)
  • Make any home repairs that you have committed to making
  • Return borrowed, checked-out and rented items
  • Get things back that you have lent out
  • Start using up food you have stored so there is less to move

3-4 Weeks Before Move

  • Finalize moving method and make necessary arrangements
  • Begin packing non-essential items
  • Label boxes by room and contents
  • Separate valuable items to transport yourself; label as DO NOT MOVE
  • Keep a box out for storing pieces, parts and essential tools that you will want to keep with you on moving day – label as PARTS / DO NOT MOVE
  • Create an inventory list of items and box contents, including serial numbers of major items; use this as an opportunity to update your home inventory
  • Fill out a Change of Address form at a post office or online
  • Provide important contacts with your new address:
    • Employers
    • Family & Friends
    • Attorney
    • Accountant
    • Others
  • Notify your insurance and credit card companies about change of address
  • Cancel automated payment plans and local accounts/memberships if necessary
  • Take your vehicle(s) in for a tune-up, especially if you are traveling very far

1-2 Weeks Before Move

  • Continue packing and clean as you go
  • Pack items separately that you will need right away at your new place
  • Plan to take the day off for moving day
  • Find useful things for your children to do; involve them as much as possible
  • Find someone to help watch small children on moving day
  • Begin to pack your suitcases with clothes and personal items for the trip
  • Reconfirm your method of moving with those involved
  • Make sure your prescriptions are filled
  • Empty out your safe deposit box; secure those items for safe travel
  • Schedule cancellation of services for your old place
    • Newspaper
    • House cleaning
    • Lawn
    • Pool
    • Water Delivery
  • Check your furniture for damages; note damages on your inventory
  • Take furniture apart if necessary (desks, shelves, etc.)
  • Make sure all paperwork for the old and new place is complete
  • If traveling far, notify credit card company to prevent automated deactivation
  • Get rid of flammables such as paint, propane, and gasoline
  • Try and use up perishable food

2-4 Days Before Move

  • Confirm all moving details and that you have necessary paperwork
  • Make a schedule or action plan for the day of the move
  • Plan when/how to pick up the truck (if rented)
  • Prepare for the moving expenses (moving, food, lodging)
  • Continue cleaning the house as you are packing
  • Defrost your freezer and clean the fridge
  • Make sure essential tools are handy (screwdrivers, wrench, pliers, tape, etc.)
  • Pack a bag for water bottles, pen/paper, snacks, documents, and essentials
  • Set aside boxes/items that you are moving yourself (make sure you’ll have room)

Moving Day

  • Remove bedding and take apart beds
  • Go early to pick up the truck if you rented one
  • Take movers/helpers through the house and instruct them what to do
  • Walk through the empty place to check for things left behind; look behind doors
  • Leave your contact info for new residents to forward mail
  • Take inventory before movers leave; sign bill of lading. Make sure your movers have the correct new address. Lock the windows and doors, turn off the lights
  • Use a padlock to lock up a rented truck

At your new place…

  • Verify utilities are working, especially power, water, heating, and cooling
  • Perform an initial inspection, note all damages, take photographs if needed
  • Clean the kitchen and vacuum as needed (especially where furniture will be going)
  • Direct movers/helpers where to put things
  • Offer drinks and snacks, especially if the helpers are volunteers
  • Assemble beds with bedding
  • Begin unpacking, starting with kitchen, bathroom, and other essentials

Moving In – Weeks 1-2

  • Check for damages while unpacking; be aware of deadline for insurance claims
  • Replace locks if necessary and make at least two copies of your new keys
  • Confirm that mail is now arriving at your new address
  • Make sure your previous utilities have been paid for and canceled
  • Complete your change of address checklist
    • Bank(s)
    • Credit cards
    • Canada Revenue Agency
    • Loans
    • Insurance
    • Pension plans
    • Attorney
    • Accountant
    • Physicians
    • Family support
    • Newspapers
    • Magazines
    • Licenses
    • Memberships
  • Schedule a time to get a local driving license and update vehicle registration
  • Get local phone books and maps
  • Find new doctors, dentists, etc., depending on your needs & insurance
  • After you are moved in, update your home inventory, including photos of rooms
  • Update your renter’s insurance or homeowner’s insurance if needed

Phone Numbers


Fire, Police, Ambulance 911
Police Non-Emergency 311
Water & Waste Emergency 311
Water Utility 311
Manitoba Hydro 204-480-5900
Transit Information 311
Garbage/Blue Box Recycling 311


Driver Licensing 204-985-1100
Autopac Information 204-985-7000


Shaw Cable 1-888-472-2222
MTS Digital Cable 204-225-5687


Winnipeg Free Press 204-697-7001
Winnipeg Sun 204-694-2022


Manitoba Health Services Commission 204-786-7101
Manitoba Dental Association 204-988-5300
Manitoba Optometric Society 204-943-9811
Public Health Nurses 204-940-2040


Animal Services Agency – Dog Licensing 204-986-2155
Winnipeg Humane Society 204-982-2021


Volunteer Manitoba 204-477-5180


Winnipeg School Division 204-775-0231
Library Information 204-986-6450
Société franco-manitobaine 204-233-4915

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